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Wolves team news: Wideman ruled out of Espanyol game

Wolverhampton Wanderers are due to face off against Espanyol in a Europa League last 32 first leg clash at Molineux on Thursday night in what will be an electric night for the home fans.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s outfit can fancy their chances of advancing far in the Europa League this season and they will be the firm favourites to progress from this tie.

Wolves should aim to score as many goals as possible at Molineux ahead of the return leg in Spain.

Espanyol are currently languishing at the bottom of the La Liga standings and will likely be prioritising avoiding relegation over their European ambitions.

Wolves have however been in patchy form recently. If they are not at their best, they could be given a strong run for their money by their Spanish opponents and the game could end up being tough to call.

Wideman Ruben Vinagre has been ruled out of the game, Nuno has confirmed.

“He is out, but he is really close to returning and joining the group again,” the Wolves manager told BBC Sport.

Joao Moutinho and Adama Traore will be expected to start for Nuno’s team after being on the substitutes bench during the stalemate against Leicester City.

This will be the first time that the two sides will be facing off.

The last time that Wolves faced off against Spanish opposition was when they lost 4-0 and 5-2 against Barcelona during the 1959/60 season.

Wolves are a capable side and an extended run in the Europa League will only further enhance the club’s rising stock.

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